I’ve found a new love to help me relax and unwind at night – and not a moment too soon, as this girl is one hard core night owl! More through genetic wiring, than by choice – promise 😉 Like many adults often burning the candle at both ends, I often end up with insomnia due to working right up until bedtime. So this three ingredient bath is a recipe for sleep success I hope to use weekly from now on.
This special bath recipe only contains 3 ingredients for you to mix up – epsom salts, baking soda, and lavendar essential oil!
Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt baths are known to relieve stress and pain, help muscles and nerves to function properly, and support healthy digestion. They are also great for the skin! Epsom salts mixed in water triggers reverse osmosis by pulling salt and toxins out of the body and absorbing magnesium and sulfates into the body.
When Should You Take a Detox Bath?
- To help relax muscles
- To help alleviate minor aches and pains
- To help promote restful sleep
- To help support nervous system during times of stress
Recipe For Soothing Lavender Detox Bath:
In a large bowl, mix 4 or more cups epsom salts, 4 or more cups baking soda and at least 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil. Store in a large glass container. When you are ready for a detox bath, add 1-2 cups of your salt mix to your bath water. (Kids can use 1/2 to 1 cup).
In a perfect world, we might find ourselves in this soothing soak at least once a week for 20-40 minutes. Natural News says to do 40 minutes…20 minutes to detox and 20 minutes for your body to absorb minerals.
Benefits of Baking Soda
- Alkalizes the body
- Washes waste from the body
- Softens skin
- Always check with your doctor before starting this or any detox regimen, especially if you are suffering from any sort of health problems.
- Do not do a detox bath if you are pregnant, dehydrated, have heart problems, or have open sores (the salt will burn!).
- If you feel uncomfortable, dizzy, or short of breath, get out of the bath immediately.
- If you have never done a detox bath before, start with only 1/2 cup of bath salts and work up.
- Make sure the water is not too hot or you won’t be able to stay in it long. You want to soak for 20 to 40 minutes.
- Always keep a large glass of water next to the bath tub so you can re-hydrate during the bath.
- If you don’t feel like doing a full bath, do a foot bath instead!
- Do not use soap in your bath water…it will interfere with the detoxification process.
To learn about more ways to use essential oils in your home, click here!